Public Funds in the UK: Open Source for Document and Content Management? – London 07/01/10
Is Open Source a viable way for the public sector to contain its IT costs? Government policy is gradually becoming more favourable to open source (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7910110.stm). Many commentators identify open source as a way to contain spiralling project costs (e.g. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/20 ... site-costs). Yet much of this discussion is driven by underlying agendas: it contains as much disinformation as realistic appraisal of the capabilities of open source software.
The BCS Open Source Specialist Group is organising an event to look at the reality behind the rhetoric. Responding to the challenge in the above Guardian article, we aim to bring together a group of information management practitioners and vendors to discuss their experience of web and document management in the public sector. The event will consist of a series of talks, panel sessions and open discussion of the challenges of web and document management in the public sector, and the ways in which open source software might be suitable for addressing these challenges.
The event will be held at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA (http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/london-office-guide.pdf)) on Thursday 7th January, 2010, from 10.00 to 17.30.
10.15 Mike Davis (Ovum)
10.45 Matt Hamilton (Netsight)
11.30 John Newton (Alfresco)
12.00 Jon Marks (LBi)
13.30 Danny Budzak (Newham case study)
14.00 John Lindsay (Kingston University)
14.30 Francois Mounier (Camden case study)
15.15 Tjeerd Brenninkmeijer (Hippo)
15.45 TBC (J.Boye)
16.30 Panel Session (all speakers)
There will be no fee to participate in this event and a free buffet and refreshments will be available during the day.
For further information please visit http://ossg.bcs.org/